Travel with me to this beautiful country, The Netherlands
Traveling the world has always been in my blood, I even have the word “wanderlust” inked on my body. Click here to see my Amsterdam Travel Diary on my Wanderlust page. From as young as I can remember, I loved to travel. I loved long car rides, or train rides, staring out the window for hours wondering what adventure awaits. Finally, I told myself that I want to see more of the world and to not let money be a factor. I afforded this Amsterdam trip, and planned it, in six months with amazing travel saving hacks. If you are interested on how I save money when booking my trips, check out my blog post here on how you can start saving money on travel too!
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Amsterdam stole my heart. The people were so genuine, helpful and cheerful. The food was delicious. The streets were clean. The architecture is breathe taking. The canals are peaceful.
Amsterdam: Where to …s t a y
First off, if you want to save some money on your traveling, look into Hostels! I promise you they aren’t scary like the movie Hostel lol. Seriously, most hostels start at $15 per night (or even less sometime!) and they way I think about it, you will barely spend time in your room anyways so no need to be extra fancy in that department. When I researched hostels in Amsterdam, I wanted something clean, safe and affordable. I used the website Hostelworld (read those reviews!) to find all affordable bookings. I found two lovely hostels I fell in L O V E with while staying in Amsterdam.
Lucky Lake Hostel, Amsterdam
- This hostel is situated on a beautiful lake in the Dutch country side (less than 30mins from city centre) with rooms that are legit cabins! Not just any cabins, these cabins each have their own personality and bright colors. The breakfast room is actually a bus that was torn apart and redecorated into a kitchen! The most gorgeous small town of Abcoude is a 10 min bike ride and it is definitely worth it (I felt like I was in a Christmas Hallmark movie town haha)! Lucky lake hostel offered bike rentals, free breakfast, stoves and kitchen utensils, free transportation to and from the Amsterdam Holendrect metro station, discounted attractions and more!
Shelter Jordan, Amsterdam
- This is a all female, Christian hostel. They were so organized and clean! This hostel is located in the Jordaan neighborhood of Amsterdam and it’s beautiful and surrounded by canals. It’s a short bike ride to the city center as well as other surrounding areas as well! The Shelter Jordan Amsterdam Hostel is just a few minutes’ walk away from the famous Negen Straatjes – Nine Streets – shopping district. The Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk (Church) are just at the end of their street, and the big tourist centres of Dam Square and Leidseplein are only a 10-15 minute walk away. They also offer free breakfast, bike rentals, discounted attractions and more (all included with your booking)!
- both pictures are from the Shelter Jordan website
Amsterdam: Where to …e a t
There are many places of Dutch culture to eat here in Amsterdam! Definitely try their country dish, the herring with their mayonnaise sauce. The frites are good as well (french fries). Definitely try some cheese and baked goods as well. I didn’t gulp down everything but here are the places I ate at (and drank haha) while in Amsterdam. There are affordable dishes in Amsterdam, try the side streets away from the crowded areas for the best deals! Here are the links to some of my favorite spots I ate and drank at while in Amsterdam:
Amsterdam: Where to …s h o p
I went crazy in Primark because everything was ridiculously inexpensive (good quality though) and plus there isn’t one in the states! If you want some good shops, Here are the places I visited (primark picture from their website):
- Kalverstratt (near the Dam Square) in Amsterdam City Center. Here you will find shops like H&M and Primark.
- Leidsestraat (had a gorgeous Michaels kor shop)
Amsterdam: Transportation around the …c i t y
Bikes are your best friend and renting them can be affordable! I rode through the whole city my last 2 days in Amsterdam and I loved it! I never seen so many bikes in my life! You can rent a bike for 24 hours for only 12 bucks! The metro is also very important to learn if you want to save money! Get a 1 day metro pass (or invest in the Amsterdam city card like I did which covers transportation and free entrance to museums and discounts, around $67 for 2 days) It took me about a day to understand the system but after that, I could travel anywhere on the metro and not get lost (haha well most of the time)
Amsterdam: Places to…v i s i t
There are so many places of history to visit in Amsterdam and I made sure I visited a few. Some interesting ones are the:
- Anne Frank Museum
- Rembrandt Museum
- Holocaust Museum
- Sex Museum
- Museum of Prostitution
Also, go hop on a hop on hop off canal cruise (included in the Amsterdam city card!) if you are ever in Amsterdam! It’s a nice and relaxing way to see the city and learn the history along the way! There are also free walking tours and bike tours
- The Grey Area for a coffee shop (oh not a place to get a latte, more like weed haha) even if you don’t smoke, which I don’t, it’s interesting to see how easy it is to buy it and smoke it!
- Vintage shops ( just pop in to anyone of them on side streets!)
- hookah bars! ( I went to one every night haha I love shisha. Visit The Wonder Bar, it was my favorite)
- red light district (give it a go, it’s very interesting and free to stroll around)
- Haarlem, Jordaan, Abcoude (my favorite), Rotterdam (step outside Amsterdam and see what the Netherlands has to offer in these cities!)
That’s the end of my first Wanderlust series on Amsterdam! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed sharing my pictures and experiences with you! Which place do you think you’d like to visit in Amsterdam? Remember to follow me on any social media because I will post more frequent pictures of my trips! Until next time…
Happily ever poor,
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